Rio de Janeiro after Rio Olympics has opened the Rio Paralympics with Giant Balloons, Parading Wheelchairs, Samba and loud booing of Brazil’s president at Maracana Stadium.
The sight of Paralympian from US Aaron Wheelz jumping on his wheelchair got the crowd on its feet. Along with that, there were rhythms of Samba singers and carnivalesque scene.
But the tensions roared when newly sworn President Michel timer appeared at the ceremony and hurriedly declared “I declare the games open”. The crowd roared of boos, which forced Brazilian Olympian boss Carlos Nuzman to pause his speech after he mentioned “thanks to the federal, state and municipal government”. Nuzman later said “Brazilians never give up,” then he told the athletes: “You are super-humans.”
More than 4300 of world’s most competitive disabled (blind, missing limbs, partially paralyzed) paraded ahead of 11 days of contests.
the legendary football stadium roared in delirium when the Brazilian team came out in flower patterned jackets.
The Australian team entered the stadium in high spirits, which was led by flag-bearer Brad Ness, the captain of the wheelchair basketball team, the Rollers.
The team is looking to improve on its performance in London, where the Australians came fifth on the table with 85 medals, including 32 gold.
Six countries are sending athletes for the very first time.
-Iran’s 28-year-old powerlifter Siamand Rahman who is disabled since birth and aiming to become the first Paralympian to bench press 300 kilograms
-Britain’s wheelchair racer David Weir
-China’s blind sprinter Liu Cuiqing
-Syrian swimmer Ibrahim Al-Hussein, who lost a leg in an explosion in his nation’s civil war, and Iranian discus thrower Shahrad Nasajpour make up a two-strong refugee team.